The Dream of Israel : An earlier version of this article appeared in The American Spectator on June 30th. There were some interesting comments. Click the link to read.
Herein, some edits of the edits, which diverged slightly from the draft. The published subtitle was, “Here’s betting he would have loved America’s new embassy.” (Never bet on what he might love or not love.) It’s worth noting that the U.S. Embassy is in West Jerusalem. In a final settlement, there could easily be an Arab seat of government in East Jerusalem. RML
Prime Minister Netanyahu pays Sir Winston Churchill a compliment (and this writer a smaller one), in his thanks for a gift of an inscribed copy of my book, Churchill In His Own Words, a collection of 4000 annotated quotations (which Churchill really said), along with a short appendix of the popular aphorisms he never said but which are frequently credited to him (Churchillian Drift).
The Prime Minister is not new to Churchill; he is one of those few statesmen who pay more than routine lip-service to Churchill’s role in history. Unlike most leaders who invoke his name, Mr.…
A recent article declares: “Churchill, a Zionist, was the first politician to call for the creation of Israel in 1905.” Where exactly did he say that? —G.H., New York City
Churchill was certainly pro-Zionist by 1905, but I can find no public statement calling for an independent Israel before her actual independence in 1948. Until then he called for a “Jewish National Home,” believing, with what cynics might call incurable optimism, that Arabs and Jews in Palestine could coexist peacefully, pointing to the benefits the Jews had brought in the form of irrigation and horticulture.
In 1921, when setting up the borders of the modern Middle East, Churchill opted not for an independent Israel but what he called a “Jewish National Home” within Britain’s Palestine Mandate, generally coinciding with what is now Israel.…